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Q1: I would like to know the process of same-sex marriage registration at the Household Registration Office.
A1:
Required documents:
  1. National Identification cards, household certificates, and stamps (or signatures) of the couple.
  2. The marriage agreement (witnesses can be relatives or friends over 20 years old).
  3. The parties to a marriage will apply for a new National Identification Card. In case of no need to submit photo or digital photo, please refer to the Art.14 of “Regulations governing the establishment of image file for photo on National Identification Card and household certificate”. (please check the photo standard as indicated: Dept. of Household Registration, Ministry of the Interior -> On-line application -> National Identification Card -> Photo for National Identification Card File Loading)
  4. The renewal fee for a National Identification Card: 50 NTD, for a household certificate: 30 NTD.
  5. If a minor who is between 18 and 20 gets married, the consent form from his or her guardian shall be checked.
  6. If the citizens of Taiwan want to marry to one from countries that acknowledge same-sex marriage, marriage registration is allowed in Taiwan. He or she will need to submit their passport or an ARC issued by the National Immigration Agency, M.O.I., a Declaration of Chinese name for foreigner, the Marital Status Certificate (also known as the Affidavit to Single Status) authenticated by a R.O.C. Embassy or Mission Abroad together with the Chinese translated version. The Marital Status Certificate is considered valid only within 6 months from the date of issuance by the authority.

  
Q2: My partner and I have the same-sex partnership registration, do we still need to apply the marriage registration?
A2:
  1. The same-sex partnership registration is not official household registration, so it does not display on the National Identification Card, the household certificate, and relevant documents. It doesn’t give full legal rights either. Same-sex marriage registration, one of the household registrations, shows on the National Identification Card, household certificate, and so on.
  2. Since the legal effect of partnership is different from marriage registration, please determine if it is necessary to apply the same-sex marriage registration in your case.

 
Q3: If my partner and I would like to participate in the Taipei City Mass Wedding Ceremony, what should I know?
A3:
  1. Eligibility:Both parties are single, and one of the parties must be the resident registered in Taipei or work or enroll in schools in Taipei.
  2. Application:Online application only Basic personal information, phone numbers, Email addresses, your short love story, and photos are needed. (If neither of the parties is registered residentially in Taipei City, a proof for one of the parties is working/studying in Taipei is necessary) Then you will receive a confirmation email from our system to indicate the procedure is completed.
  3. Application period and event information: will post on the website  two months before the ceremony.
  4. N.B.:
    1. If a minor gets married, the consent form from the his or her guardian shall be checked.
    2. Foreigners must submit a passport copy and the Marital Status Certificate (also known as the Affidavit to Single Status) authenticated by a R.O.C. Embassy or Mission Abroad together with the Chinese translated version.
    3. The wedding date would be fixed initially, the other matters, such as theme, time, venue, and seminar will be informed later.
    4. There will be a free DVD, a group photo, and a wedding gift from the Department of Civil Affairs given to each couple,. (The DVD and group photo will be sent one month after the wedding)
 
Q4: How to do the marriage registration if my partner is a foreigner?
A4:
  1. One from countries that acknowledge same-sex marriage, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico (partial areas), Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, U.K., U.S.A., Uruguay, Ecuador, Costa Rica, is allowed to get married to his or her same-sex partner in Taiwan.
  2. If the same-sex couple had already been married in a country that acknowledges same-sex marriage before May 24, 2019, they can apply for the marriage registration in Taiwan according to a certified marriage document. Their marriage registration takes effect on the date of registering this process at the Household Registration Office, according to the Article 24 of the Act for Implementation of J.Y. Interpretation No. 748 and the Article 46 and 62 of the Act Governing the Choice of Law in Civil Matters Involving Foreign Elements.
  3. For the required documents for marriage registration, please refer to Q1 above.